Rayon Vert | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Rayon VertRayon Vert

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of szmnnl99
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for the gift, Josh!

Hazy golden orange with a thick, quickly growing, and persistent near-white head that leaves irregular spiderwebs of lace down the glass. Quite the looker.

An earthy combination of hops, citrus, and funk combine to make a very pleasant aroma, though, even after significant warming, there's not a huge aroma here. If everything were just a bit more expressive, it'd be even better. As is, it's still quite good.

The flavor is a nice combination of fresh, citrusy, and earthy hops, a moderate level of bitterness, and distinct Brett yeast character. I'm excited to see what this beer tastes like after a year or so.

Medium to full bodied per the style with moderate to high carbonation. A joy to drink, though, for whatever reason, the Belgians still do it better.

An extraordinary American version of a distinctly Belgian style.

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Photo of Volsdawg10
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ranks up there with ones from Belgium! Wow. Vigorous pour, loads of carbonation, creamy long lasting head. Nose is incredibly assertive with wild bready notes, Brett, and spices. Very carbonated and tickly on the palate with abundance of wild, bretty flavors. Incredibly silky smooth.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rayon Vert. 12oz into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.

Big flowery head that's pretty bleachy white in color. Slightly hazy orange-amber body. Okay lacing.

Smells woody, funky, a little floral, and a little tart. Moldy lemon peel, straw, bar soap, and green tea; but a tad sweeter than those descriptors suggest.

Taste follows the nose. A mildy spicy yeast bite plays as an introduction to funky Bretty textures of hay, detergent, and wet blanket. Lightly tart and a bit citrusy. Crisp and a little buttery. A bit of peach skin in the finish.

Medium in body, medium in carbonation or maybe a notch higher. Good scrub with some play. Well-balanced without any intrusive alcohol strength.

This is pretty kick-ass. Glad to have landed a four-pack. Didn't mean to crack this one open at 4:30 in the afternoon, but I dropped it against another bottle and it hissed at me. Very enjoyable Belgian Pale (a style I must pay more attention/respect to). Recommended!

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Photo of DIPAFAN
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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2/5  rDev -48.8%

Photo of Herky21
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of harrymel
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 03JUL12

So, I knew this would be overcarbed, but this was stupid. It took a pitcher to pour this 12oz bottle. Nice clear golden underneath. Retained none of the foam once it died down. Smells nice with raisin, pale belgian yeast character, some hints of grain and metal and a bit of bitterness; some green apple skins and meat come through as it warms. Flavor is fruity, apple, lemon, honeydew and grain, some clay and a touch of strep mutans (maybe that's my mouth though). Medium bodied with now minimal carb and an off dry finish. Meh, would like to try fresh because this didn't do well with the age IMO.

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Photo of BKotch
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of campfirebrew
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a big two finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind lots of lacing.

S - Aroma is a full of Belgian yeast flavors and funk with lot of light fruity esters, with some green apple and apricot, lemon peel and other citrus, Brett, some floral hops, and a touch of grains.

T - Starts off with a mix of funk and Belgian yeast with some coriander and other spices, lemon zest, and some green apple and grains. Through the middle, some more sourness and tartness come through with some more citrus and apricot and funky farmhouse Brett. The finish is a mix of fruity yeast esters, tartness, green apple, peach, floral hops, Brett, and sweet grains.

M - Medium bodied with full carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and tart finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very nice Belgian Pale Ale. Really great yeast and Brett character and balance throughout.

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Photo of philbe311
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A standard pour yields a mammoth perfectly uniform fluffy light tan colored head comprised of big chunky bubbles... Stellar retention... The color is a dull slightly hazy amber... Loaded with swirling micro bubbled rapid paced carbonation... Loads of lacing clings to the glass...

S - A dynamic mix of Belgian yeast and potent earthy slightly pungent hoppiness... Some light fruit notes lie beneath the surface... There is also a distinctive funkiness... This really is a bit intoxicating, I love this aroma...

T - A mix of funkiness and Belgian yeast to start... An earthy hop presence... Some light fruity notes... White pepper notes... A light spiciness on the finish...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... The carbonation has a certain unique potency... A bit on the dry side of the equation throughout...

D - A very nice rather assertive Belgian IPA... A home run in terms of aroma... Solidly above average in all other facets... Definitely an American interpretation of the style... Tasty and something I would gladly drink again...

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Always thrilled when a new Green Flash offering is bottled and distributed en masse. Because it doesn't happen often. But when it does, it's always high quality, and I hoped this would remain the case with Rayon Vert ("Green Ray," basically).

Pours a rusty copper/orange color, a lot of clarity in the liquid, and the head is a fluffy off-white thing that crackles down fairly quickly but remains a skim all the while. Dabs and dots of lace all over the place.

The nose is such a great example of Brett, that most special of yeast strains. It's stinky and farmy, kind of cheese-like, but also plenty fruity. It sits there waiting for your judgment: you in or out? It cuts no corners, but isn't a Jolly Pumpkin-ish example in the extreme either. It's exotic and exquisite. Very Belgian, but the aroma also exhibits that wide-awake super-fresh southern Cali hop nose we all know and love. Superb.

There's a tangy fruit layer throughout Rayon Vert, especially in the finish, but it can barely keep its feet next to the strong Brett character. Thankfully, though, it's not a one-sided Brett-bomb, bringing in a healthy hop personality that's both citrusy and a tad resin-like. Also something sort of old and musty, which could be mistaken for tasting rubbery, but it's intriguing and even enjoyable, so I don't want to give the impression that anything undesirable is going on here. Quite the contrary...

Hoped for something a little...more...I don't know...different, in terms of its texture. It's fine, nothing I don't like about it, but something that does the unlikely balancing act of tickling bubbles and creaminess, as so many authentic Belgian Pale Ales do, really would have done the trick. It's a hard texture to describe, but I've had it many times in the real Belgian deals. As is, this is fine, just not a characteristic of the beer that does much for me, one way or the other.

The name, Rayon Vert, is appropriate, as Rayon Vert IS what Green Flash is all about. It might as well be the flagship beer for the brewery as much as any of their other offerings. Total quality, through and through. They remain one of the most consistently excellent U.S. brewers, and if the lack of constant new (bottled) offerings is frustrating, it's easy to remind oneself about the quality they continually offer, and then all is A-Okay.

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of DIM
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled July 2012

a: Heavily hazed peachy golden. Towering head makes for a long pouring process.

s: Lightly funky bready grains, bright fresh lemon zest, peppery spice.

t: Comes across just as the smell suggests it would. Light Brett works great with lemony hops, apricits, and earthy grains.

m: Light and airy, not surprisingly.

o: Been too long since I've had fresh Orval to compare the two, so I'll just say I really like this beer a lot.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/brown, monster 3+ inch creamy, foamy head. Tons of lacing.

Smell - West coast ipa hop kick. Belgian yeast, plenty of herb and spices. Grapefruit, lemon and some pepper really make this interesting.

Taste - Nice belgian spices, malty and west coast sytle hops are the main flavor of this beer. Grainy aftertaste and floral, yet smooth and flavorful. Alcohol isnt really present, nor is this beer overly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, lots of flavor and easy to drink. Tounge gets alot of malts, spices, hops and sugars. Palette gets remaining malts and hops, and a little hop bitterness. Aftertaste is dry and sweet.

Overall - Really tasty and easy to enjoy. Not too sweet, not to bitter, and not too strong. Nice twist of the west coat hops to make this different from the rest. I find this really enjoyable and not as expensive as some of the other green flash brews. Will drink this oen again for sure.

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Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Danny1217
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle with no date on it. Considering the Green Flash has been dating their bottles for a while now, who knows how old this is. They haven't been distributing to Florida for more than about 7 months now though, and I picked up a bottle from a Total Wine that just opened a couple weeks ago, so I have no idea.

It pours a hazy orange amber color with a huge foamy head. Tons of lacing and excellent retention.
It smells old. The brettanomyces are definitely very present, leading me to believe this bottle is indeed old. Very rustic, funky aroma. Slightly fruity and spicy.
The taste is slightly tart and very funky. Some floral hop presense, and some caramel malts. Overall the taste is just dominated by the brett. It is highly carbonated and finishes smooth and dry.

The brett flavor I get here is nice, but not quite the same as what I get from an aged bottle of Orval. Still, seeing as this is half the price and still pretty similar, it's a good option. Orval is possibly my favorite beer in the world, and Rayon Vert is a good homage.

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Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 1,366 ratings.
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